Comic Review: The Couch #1

This happens to me every so often. I call it "Indie Comic Roulette." I look through Comixology and check out new indie titles. I read their description, and decide to pull the trigger on at least one of them. Most of the time the series doesn't go anywhere, but you will never find that diamond in the rough if you don't look for it. Sometimes I find comics like this one: whose premise shows allot of promise, but it's delivery is so slipshod that I have a hard time getting into it. Let me lay out the story for you. 

Warren Lee is a psychiatrist whose broke. He only has one patient who is hyper OCD who only goes to Warren because his mom thought Warren was Korean (he's not), He was dating his secretary until he fired her for financial reasons. She smashes his office and leaves. Warren is also agoraphobic, so he never leaves his office and doesn't chase after her. Then a superhero throws a bank robber through Warren's door. Looks like the superhero might need some therapy too.

After writing that, I still think this is a funny premise for a comic book. Sure, it's heavy on the personal drama, but it still seems like a winning story. So... why didn't I like it? Well, the art for one reason.

 This is one of the better panels... is he looking at his speech bubble

This is one of the better panels... is he looking at his speech bubble

The pencils are consistently inconsistent. From smudgy faces, to distorted limbs, and wonky environments... nothing is clean or pleasing to look at. But, if that was the only thing wrong with the book I might be able to get over it if it had better writing.

 Is this funny... I think it's supposed to be funny.

Is this funny... I think it's supposed to be funny.

The dialog is stodgy, the pacing is laborious, and humor is mild. I may have smirked a few times while reading it, but that's about it.

You win some and you loose some when you play "Indie Comic Roulette," but that doesn't mean you stop playing. The Couch is a good concept for a comic book. It's just not a good comic book in it's current form. 

Rating: 5.5/10